Analysing Earth’s Magnetospheric System A Web of Interconnections – Dr Joseph E. Borovsky, Space Science Institute

Mar 29, 2019 | earth and environment, physical sciences

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The behaviours of physical systems are often decided by complex webs of connections between properties, where a small change in just one variable could cause changes in every other one. Dr Joe Borovsky at the Space Science Institute of Boulder, Colorado, and his colleagues have dedicated their research to understanding one such web: the complex relationship between the solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere.
 

 

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